Saturday, October 31, 2015

TSA Week in Review: Record 68 Firearms Discovered in Carry-on Bags This Week (61 Loaded)

A record number of 68 firearms were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. The previous record of 67 firearms was set last month. Of the 68 firearms discovered, 61 were loaded and 25 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured here were discovered this week. See a complete list below.
If an item looks like a real bomb, grenade, mine, etc., it is prohibited. When these items are found at a checkpoint or in checked baggage, they can cause significant delays because the explosives detection professionals must respond to resolve the alarm. Even if they are novelty items, you are prohibited from bringing them on board the aircraft. A checked bag at Seattle (SEA) belonging to an active duty military passenger contained two-feet of replica demolition cord, two blocks of replica Semtex and four blocks of replica C4. Inert IED training aids are never permitted in carry-on or checked bags.
A reminder about bear repellant: It’s best to buy it at your destination. Bear repellent is prohibited in the cabin of an aircraft. You can pack bear repellent in your checked bag if the volume is less than four ounces and if it has less than a two percent active ingredient of either CS or CN. The two cans pictured above were discovered in a carry-on bag at Anchorage.
This 12-ounce container of lighter fluid was detected in carry-on bag at Anchorage (ANC). Lighter fluid is prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage.
This pack of firecrackers were discovered in ca carry-on bag at Boise (BOI). Fireworks are prohibited from being packed in carry-on and checked bags.
Clockwise from the top, these items were discovered in carry-on bags at DAL, SAN, SNA, PHX, ORF, DTW, LAS and ATL.
When packed properly, ammunition can be transported in your checked baggage, but it is never permissible to pack ammo in your carry-on bag.This ammo was discovered in a carry-on bag at Tulsa (TUL). 


In addition to all of the other prohibited items we find weekly in carry-on bags, our officers also regularly find firearm components, realistic replica firearms, bb and pellet guns, airsoft guns, brass knuckles, ammunition, batons, stun guns, small pocketknives and many other prohibited items too numerous to note.

You can travel with your firearms in checked baggage, but they must first be declared to the airline.


Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. Travelers should familiarize themselves with state and local firearm laws for each point of travel prior to departure.

Unfortunately these sorts of occurrences are all too frequent which is why we talk about these finds. Sure, it’s great to share the things that our officers are finding, but at the same time, each time we find a dangerous item, the line is slowed down and a passenger that likely had no ill intent ends up with a citation or in some cases is even arrested. The passenger can face a penalty as high as $11,000. This is a friendly reminder to please leave these items at home. Just because we find a prohibited item on an individual does not mean they had bad intentions; that's for the law enforcement officer to decide. In many cases, people simply forgot they had these items.

*In order to provide a timely weekly update, this data is compiled from a preliminary report. The year-end numbers will vary slightly from what is reported in the weekly updates. However, any monthly, midyear or end-of-year numbers TSA provides on this blog or elsewhere will be actual numbers and not estimates.

Read our 2014 Year in Review post! If you haven’t read them yet, make sure you check out our year in review posts for 2011, 2012 and 2013.

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Bob Burns
TSA Social Media Team

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32 comments:

David Stroud said...

That is very scary.

RB said...

Any speculation on the higher number of guns found recently? Are passengers packing more weapons or have screeners finally been taught how to use some of the equipment they have available to them?

Susan Richart said...

So it seems that since the "ramping up" of security through retraining, it has become clear that TSA missed 30-50% of guns going through checkpoints.

Wouldn't want to say "I told you so", but how many of us knew you were missing significant numbers of guns? Lots of us.

On another topic, I read that TSA is once again looking at ways to increase enrollment in PreCheck, this time by eliminating the fingerprint requirement and putting the enrollment application on line. It appears that if the TSA doesn't go this route they will never get the millions more enrollees that Pistole talked about over a year ago in order to make the program work.

http://reason.org/news/show/airport-policy-security-news-108

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

Anonymous said...

I am amazed that the people that bring these items to the airport are not aware of the TSA and just common sense rules. You should have a on going campaign on the radio, TV and newspapers to train our ignorant travelers!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Bob has time to post the usual blotter at noon on Saturday, October 31, but West, Bob, and Lynn don't bother approving any comments since the Bold TSApologist's of 10am, October 27.

Her comments sit as the "final word" for over four days, while every other commenter's views are suppressed.

More proof that the TSA's blotter team chooses not to be ethical nor professional.

Screenshot taken.

Anonymous said...

As always, absolutely nothing you needed your slow, invasive, and ineffective naked body scanners to detect. Meanwhile, how many people suffered physical searches thanks to false alarms on these useless machines?

Why are Curtis Burns and West Cooper unwilling to address, let alone answer, that question?

How many weeks has it been since you last trumpeted something dangerous you found with the naked body scanners?

Anonymous said...

"...When these items are found at a checkpoint or in checked baggage, they can cause significant delays because the explosives detection professionals must respond to resolve the alarm. "

Seriously, I have never seen this team deployed. I can find no news articles of the explosives detection professionals responding to anything anywhere. Who are they and how much are we paying them to sit around where no one can see them?

Anonymous said...

I think the small but vocal minority who are screaming that the federal government is coming to take their weapons should realize just how many Americans are actually voluntarily donating their guns and weaponry at TSA checkpoints all across the nation....

RB said...

The last moderated comment published is dated 7:38 PM on 10/26/2015.

Time now is 11/02/2015 10:34 EST.

Is this really the best job that the TSA Blog Team can manage?

RB said...

Are TSA employees who "volunteer" to be TSA Bloggers permitted to do blog related actives during their work hours? If so isn't that in fact paid compensation for doing blog related activities and not a volunteer activity?

Anonymous said...

Still too lazy to post comments to the weekly roundup post you were too lazy to post on time...

"Sad and pathetic" doesn't even begin to describe the work West and Bobby are doing.

Keep up the horrible work, boys!

Anonymous said...

Has West resigned his position as Comment-Approver-In-Chief? Perhaps he couldn't stand the heat.......

Anonymous said...

"...should realize just how many Americans are actually voluntarily donating their guns and weaponry at TSA checkpoints all across the nation...."

Do you know if the guns are being removed from their owners? Or are they being returned after LEO questioning? The TSA doesn't seem to track that bit of info, do they?

Anonymous said...

I continue to wait for some justification for active duty military being included in pre-check, but not retired military or holders of current DoD or LE background investigations. military retirees have at least 20 years documented service to this Nation, pretty much proving their lack of risk. both DoD and LE background investigations should reveal any risk factors. active duty military do not, necessarily, have a background check or any significant length of service. neither citizenship nor a background investigation is required to enlist in the military, in fact there are likely illegal immigrants serving. if it is really about safety, then why are potentially unscreened non-citizens allowed through? sounds like it is just pandering to an admirable group to get PR, not adjusting the rules to ease screening on those who present a lower likelihood of threat.
Let me be clear: pre-911 screening should be the norm. it is all that is required, now that cockpit doors have been reinforced and locked, and flight crews and passengers know that the rules have changed and passivity=death. however, if we are going to continue this massive waste of tax dollars on security theatre, at least have _some_ of the rules make sense. now you're even allowing college kids (kaydets) to endure more reasonable screening, but those who served and sacrificed for 20+ are out of luck.

RB said...

More proof that the TSA's blotter team chooses not to be ethical nor professional.

Screenshot taken.

October 31, 2015 at 8:09 PM

.................
No one drawing a TSA pay check can be accused of having any ethics or of being a professional.

Anonymous said...

Ah, finally comments are posted. How many valid ones were deleted, West?

HyperBobic said...

Oh no, TSA blotter team, your cheerleader is losing faith in your hard work every week!


On November 2, 2015 at 10:26 AM, in response to a commenter who said the American public expects the TSA blotter team to do their job accurately, Bold TSApologist said "...you demand accuracy from TSA with regards to irrelevant pictures..."

What???? Bob's hard work every single week to post a bunch of gun pictures to the TSA blotter, over on Instagram, and then getting his dozen or so TSA Twitter accounts to tweet about these same Instagram and blotter gun pictures is IRRELEVANT?????

Bob, that must be a big blow. Your strongest supporter says all that time you spend posting those pictures means NOTHING!!!!

What are you going to do now, Bob? Hope your manager doesn't see this!!!

RB said...

David Stroud said...
That is very scary.

October 31, 2015 at 12:15 PM
.......

Yes, it is scary knowing that TSA has been proven to miss 95% of target items.

And we pay $8,000,000,000.00 yearly for a TSA who only gets it right 5% of the time.

Lauren said...

How many people are stubborn and no matter how many TSA reminders about firearms and other prohibited things. Those travelers are deaf and still bring what is prohibited.

GSOLTSO said...

RB sez - "Any speculation on the higher number of guns found recently? "

Not really, I have no specific data or info that indicates a single reason. It could be a combination of factors, a process change, more people in general carrying weapons into the checkpoints (whether intentionally or unintentionally).

Anon sez - "Seriously, I have never seen this team deployed. I can find no news articles of the explosives detection professionals responding to anything anywhere. "

Abquick searchbfor EOD responses at airports will give you plenty of information about some of the indicated types of team responses. Most EOD crews are "off site" and are contacted when possible explosive threats are discovered. When possible explosives are discovered in a TSA screening area, everything comes to a screeching halt, and if there is a local TSA explosives expert (TSSE), they are contacted - if they are unable to resolve the item in question, thy contact the local EOD team. This is a recipe for delays, missed flights, and in some cases, damaged property. Hence the reason we have so many disclaimers and comments asking the public to refrain from bringing things that look like bombs.

Anon sez "Has West resigned his position as Comment-Approver-In-Chief?"

Not to my knowledge.

West
TSA Blog Team

Anonymous said...

And still no comment on your inability to fix your myriad broken links or to check to see if your fellow "blogging professionals" even still have jobs more than once every couple of years...

Funny how you and Bobby never comment on your inability to do what millions of unpaid volunteers are capable of doing much more proficiently and professionally than you, West. It seems you don't have a snarky, condescendingly dismissive comment for people who (rightly) point out that the TSA is too technologically inept to even keep its blog up to date. Perhaps because it hits a little too close to home?

Seriously, I'm wondering what value this blog actually provides to the world. The money spent on feeding and watering the TSA social media team would be better spent on training TSOs to actually show some proficiency at their screening jobs. Goodness knows there's not much you could do to make their performance-- or the TSA social media team's performance, for that matter-- any worse.

Anonymous said...

It's funny. Tavi Gevinson was able to run a widely-acclaimed fashion blog that was read by millions of people all over the world, and she started the whole thing when she was 12. In the 7 years or so since then, she's launched a magazine, taken on acting jobs, and graduated high school.

...but Bobby and West still can't figure out how to fix dead links after being notified more than two weeks ago.

The TSA's social media team could very conceivably improve its overall technical acumen by hiring a preteen.

Anonymous said...

GSOLTSO said...
Most EOD crews are "off site" and are contacted when possible explosive threats are discovered. When possible explosives are discovered in a TSA screening area, everything comes to a screeching halt, and if there is a local TSA explosives expert (TSSE), they are contacted - if they are unable to resolve the item in question, thy contact the local EOD team.


When you say "possible explosives", I presume you mean every bottle of water? I mean, that is why the liquid ban exists, Right? To keep liquid explosives off of planes? Therefore, every bottle of water over 3.4 ounces is confiscated, and presumably treated as a possible explosive, Right? (I dunno how the TSA figures that liquid explosives can't be in bottle smaller than 3.4 ounces- maybe you can explain that?)

If so, then those 'offsite EOD crews' must be running back 'onsite' every few minutes, all day long.

If not, then you aren't actually treating water bottles as possible explosives. In which case, why ban them at all??

Anonymous said...

GSOLTSO said..."Abquick searchbfor EOD responses at airports will give you plenty of information about some of the indicated types of team responses. "

Cool. Now I know quite a bit more about what types of teams and equipment are available.

Still don't see where any of these teams have been deployed for any of the stuff regularly posted in the weekly blotter report. Can't find a single instance of any level of EOD being dispatched to determine the explosive potential of the "Take A Number" grenade gag.

"....Hence the reason we have so many disclaimers and comments asking the public to refrain from bringing things that look like bombs."

Except the 3 ounce perfume so frequently pictured around here isn't a bomb nor does it look like a bomb. In fact, very little of what gets shown around here actually looks anything at all like a bomb.

But still, thank you for your response.

Anonymous said...

A couple weeks after you've been informed specifically about your duplicate photo re-use with links which were supposedly "forwarded up to Blogger Bob for review"... and crickets?

If I failed at follow through as much you folks running this blog, I'd have been fired years ago.

RB said...

GSOLTSO said...
RB sez - "Any speculation on the higher number of guns found recently? "

"Not really, I have no specific data or info that indicates a single reason. It could be a combination of factors, a process change, more people in general carrying weapons into the checkpoints (whether intentionally or unintentionally)."

Could it be that HQ is putting pressure on screeners to actually do there job since it was disclosed that "Layers of Security are Simply Missing" at airports across the country?

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/11/03/new-tsa-chief-vows-fixes-after-ig-airport-inspections-find-missing-security/

"Roth said the tests by federal auditors found "troubling" problems related to technology, procedures and human error at security checkpoints. He said the findings were “consistent across every airport.” "

Perhaps some TSA screeners have put down their iPhones and have stopped standing around doing nothing, as I have observed on several occasions, and actually started doing what they are paid to do.

Right now TSA is an $8,000,000,000.00 dollar a year failure.


Anonymous said...

Still too lazy to approve comments.

Still too lazy to get the Friday roundup posted in a timely manner.

Still censoring comments which comply with the policy.

Still keeping broken links up.

Still not being very good at your jobs, Bobby and West...

It's okay, we're used to that from the TSA.

Driversload said...

Absolutely this part is my favorite part,"A reminder about bear repellant: It’s best to buy it at your destination. Bear repellent is prohibited in the cabin of an aircraft. You can pack bear repellent in your checked bag if the volume is less than four ounces and if it has less than a two percent active ingredient of either CS or CN. The two cans pictured above were discovered in a carry-on bag at Anchorage."

Dan said...

Omg this is amazing! I really had NO IDEA you guys are catching this kind of things on a day to day basis. Keep up the good work!
Makes me sad a little bit, so much threats...

Anonymous said...

Thank you TSA. Stay alert, the threat is real as we just seen in Paris.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous of Nov 20, 8:37am. The attacks in Paris wrren't at airports. The TSA wouldn't have been able to stop them even if they were. Le TSA est theâtre de securitée.

Anonymous said...

Dan, 12,000,000 people fly every week. The TSA finds as couple dozen guns. That's thousandths of a single percent of all passengers.

They miss 95% of the weapons going through airports, so hundreds or thousands of weapons fly each week.

And none were held by terrorists.